Coastal Vietnam Premiere Bike Tour
One of the most popular cycling routes in Vietnam is interspersed with coastal and mountain trails. Here lush countrysides, forests, and pristine beaches go hand in hand with bustling wet markets, charming old towns, and trendy young cities.
Explore temples, pagodas, and imperial citadels, visit fine old merchant houses or seek out some of the world’s best warm water beaches. Welcome to Coastal Vietnam!
We ensure that you get a bite of royalty by staying in some of the most spectacular hotels in the region.
Hué | 13:00hrs
Nha Trang | 16:00hrs
easy to moderate
60km or 36mi
Coastal routeA classic coastal route combined with spectacular hinterland trails
|DAY 1||Hué||La Residence||D||25km / 15mi||cycling|
|DAY 2||Hué||La Residence||B,L||40km / 24mi*||cycling|
|DAY 3||Hoi An||Anantara||B,L,D||80km / 48mi*||cycling|
|DAY 4||Hoi An||Anantara||B,L||40km / 24mi* (optional)|
|DAY 5||Tam Ky||Le Domaine de Tam Hai||B,L,D||60km / 36mi||cycling|
|DAY 6||Quang Ngai||Cocoland River Beach Resort||B,L,D||80km / 48mi*||cycling|
|DAY 7||Quy Nhon||Avani Quy Nhon Resort & Spa||B,L,D||65km / 39mi*||cycling|
|DAY 8||Tuy Hoa||Stelia Beach Resort||B,L,D||70km / 42mi||cycling|
|DAY 9||Nha Trang||B,L||70km / 42mi||cycling|
Accommodation - Premiere Inns
Premiere accommodations include some of the most prestigious hotels. These hotels have won accolades and awards or are acclaimed as ‘the best by credible publications such as Condé Nast Traveler and Travel+Leisure. Heritage properties, art décor contemporary places, or chic boutique stays that are a notch above the rest are a part of this list.
La ResidenceSet on a two-and-a-half-hectare site with 200 meters of frontage on the fabled Perfume River, Azerai La Residence. The colonial mansion at the heart of the resort was built in 1930s as part of the residence of the French Resident Superieure. The mansion’s distinctive façade, its long horizonal lines, and nautical flourishes are hallmarks of the streamlined modern school of art deco architecture.
Day 1: Hué
The UNESCO World Heritage town of Hué is your gateway to Vietnam. Our guide meets you at your hotel at 13:00hrs.
Today take your bicycle out for a leisurely loop around the imperial town of Hué. Ride past the Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda, Mausoleums, and the merchant’s houses along the banks of the Perfume River and through quiet lanes with lush gardens. This is your first tryst with the Vietnamese way of life.
Day 2: Hué
Explore the ‘purple city’ on a short countryside loop on a bike, swerving to unthreaded nooks and corners through the beautiful rural countryside and absorbing this historic capital city of Vietnam at your own pace.
After a hearty breakfast, we take a short transfer out of Hue to visit the Thanh Toan Bridge, an ancient architectural monument extremely valuable in terms of its history and culture. This is one of two bridges remaining in Vietnam today that retains its unique architectural style. We then cycle on to Dam Chuon Lagoon, a part of the Tam Giang Lagoon system. This is a must-see spot for all those who are lovers of beautiful scenery and keen photographers.
We continue riding to Thuan An beach, an ideal place for relaxation. On the way to the beach, there will be many houses, temples, pagodas, rice fields, and beautiful gardens to see and explore. Upon arrival at the beach, enjoy a swim and then jump back on the bikes and head to Con Te Islet.
Loopback to Hue, and stop at Sinh Village – an ancient village well known for its artists and beautiful, traditional, craft woodblock paintings.
Day 3: Hoi An
After a hearty breakfast, we take a short transfer out of Hue to the coast. Begin riding off the beaten track along a picturesque, narrow peninsular road. Cross the estuary of the Perfume River and from here, challenge yourself by cycling up the Phuoc Tuong Pass then take a short transfer to Lang Co and have lunch by the gorgeous lagoon.
Later, ride along the Lang Co Bay with spectacular views of winding paths, wooden fishing boats, waterfalls, mountains, and forests and bike on over gradual hills to climb Hai Van pass for views of this splendid bay. This rugged pass is the final section of the Truong Son Range stretching to the sea. From the pass, go downhill to the base and shuttle to Hoi An, a delightful old trading town and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 4: Hoi An
The architectural beauty of Hoi An will captivate you as this UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a melange of Vietnamese, European, Chinese, and Japanese monuments in an unhurried, timeless setting.
Today you can take it as a rest day or opt to ride to My Son, a cluster of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples constructed between the 4th and 14th century AD by the kings of Champa. Regarded as one of the foremost Hindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia and is the foremost heritage site of this nature in Vietnam. The initial ride is through the hinterland and the last leg has a bit of traffic, so ride carefully.
Day 5: Tam Ky
An extremely rural ride today through small villages, rice fields, and narrow paths. After reaching Tam Ky, explore the nearby sights 1000 years old Chien Dan Cham Tower or a beautiful fishing village and stunning murals of Bich Hoa Tam Thanh Village.
Day 6: Quang Ngai
Follow the village road and ride past rural, rice-farming villages. Along the way, visit My Lai Massacre Memorial along the way. During the Vietnam War, a company of American soldiers brutally killed the majority of the population of My Lai. From Quang Ngai, continue riding through the forests and mountains ending at Highway 1 and then shuttle to your Resort for an overnight stay.
Day 7: Quy Nhon
Today bike in the tropical countryside, past tree-canopied rice farms and lush green fields and paddies. Along the way, visit Cham tower – built by the Champa civilization who ruled the southern Vietnamese area for over a millennium up until the early 1800s. Descendents of this culture, the Cham people, still live in Vietnam and neighboring Cambodia as well as Thailand.
Day 8: Tuy Hoa
Today is a beautiful rolling route. A short transfer takes us off the highway and to the remote area where we start biking with the view of gorgeous forests and hills. The biking is through undulating terrain past beautiful villages and mountain views. After lunch, continue riding towards the main highway and then transfer to Tuy Hoa.
Day 9: Nha Trang
Another good day at the saddle. Ride past network of lush rice fields which blanket the valley. Admire the ocean view around the Vung Ro bay before meeting the pass which is a natural border between the provinces. Descend down to stunning Dai Lanh beach and take a break for a swim and lunch.
After lunch, continue riding along the coast and then turn on to the Hon Gom peninsular road for the final leg. This is our last day of riding along the Vietnamese coast and it’s a long ride. Enjoy it to the fullest.
Before arriving at Nha Trang, visit the famous Po Ngar Cham Towers, built between the 7th and 12th centuries and still actively used for worship.
Later take a transfer to Nha Trang and settle into your chosen Nha Trang hotel. Spend days at leisure in Nha Trang’s popular beachside cafes, restaurants, and bars where the fresh seafood is definitely worth a try, or take a boat trip to nearby coral islands.
Dates and Prices
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We offer private departures on almost all our itineraries, and for groups of four or more, they cost the same as our standard trips!
All hotels as mentioned in the tour details or similar (subject to availability).
Expert Trip Leader(s) who look after your every need and add meaning to your vacation.
Immaculately maintained bike with helmet, suited to a terrain.
A Van support that follows the group of riders and carries all belongings.
Meals as per itinerary. Guests are given the opportunity to dine on their own so that they discover a location independently.
Refreshments and mineral water while cycling.
Entrance fees to most of the monuments and temples.
E-bikes are available on this trip at a surcharge. Please send a note to your tour consultant to book one.
When you have a road and the thrill of a journey ahead of you, it’s imperative to have a good bike to enjoy it. Our fleet majorly consist of the below bikes as a part of this tour. However, sometimes due to height or availability constraints, we may provide a different but similar quality bike.
Trek Marlin 5
Included in your trip price
Available at a surcharge
Giant Explore E+
Available at a surcharge
Available at a surcharge
Coastal Vietnam is a narrow crescent-like coastal strip that is at times only 60 km wide. As a result, it experiences coastal weather phenomena such as high rainfall and occasional typhoons during the wet season that runs from September to December. Travelers during this season should be prepared for last-minute changes to the itinerary. The Best season to visit this region is from January to September with the average temperature hovering around 30°C.
Residents from a number of countries have visa exemption status for tourist visits to Vietnam. For a full list of up-to-date visa-exempt countries, see the Vietnam Foreign Affairs website.
e-Visa – Vietnam does things a bit differently. Although you apply e-visa online, you will then receive a visa approval letter which must be used on arrival for obtaining the visa at the airport. The processing time ranges from 4 working hours to 2 working days. Read more about tourist e-visas for Vietnam at the Vietnam Immigration portal and apply there.
While applying online for an approval letter, please ensure that you have the following documents:
- Passport scanned copy: A scanned copy of your passport - front (main) page. It shouldn't be a mobile photo or a photo taken from a laptop. Strictly scanned copy done through a computer scanner.
- Passport size photo: portrait photo (4*6 size, colored photo, white background, straight looking without glasses). A photo taken from a mobile or laptop may or may not work, so I would strictly advise getting one made through a nearby photo studio (retail shop) that specializes in taking photos for visas.
Here is an excellent resource on Vietnam visas that may be worth looking at.
Airport pickup and drop
We recommend to book direclty from airport or hotel.
Some meals may not be included. Please check your itinerary.
Beverages such as alcohol, tea, coffee, juice at a hotel or restaurant.
Reviews from our friends
Sherry Romello from US5.0
Great Trip! 3rd Time Using Art of Bicycle Trips
This was our 3rd cycling vacation with Art of Bicycle Trips. They are extremely reliable and provide a great local experience if you are looking to cycle in Asia. The guides are local, the food is as authentic as it gets, the accommodations are flexible. We prefer their premier level hotels and they have arranged some great ones.
Phil Romello from US5.0
Coastal Vietnam - beautiful beaches and friendly people
An excellent tour down the southeastern coast of Vietnam, from Hue to Nha Trang. Well done. Nice hotels. Lots of small towns and villages are included on the rides. Viet was an EXCELLENT guide. This was our third cycling trip with Art of Bicycle Trips (India, Sri Lanka and Vietnam) and they do a fantastic job. From the planning, local Guides, equipment, routes, hotels and experiences, they consistently deliver.
Leonie Mawkes from AU5.0
We would recommend the Art of Bicycle Trips
Tony was our Tour Guide and Hiro was our driver. We could not have had better people to travel with, they were so caring, considerate and super informative but also (very important to us) great fun! Our trip was unique as it was just my husband and I on tour and so we were able to tailor our journey day by day based on how we felt with the heat but I feel that the Art of Bicycle Trips would look after anyone and everyone as best they could. The accommodation was amazing (close to 5 star), and far superior to anything we expected for a cycling tour (but very gratefully received at the end of a long, hot day). We would recommend the Art of Bicycle Trips to anyone.
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